How to Convert Optical Audio Out to Analog RCA

By Art Corvelay

The quality of both audio and video continues to improve as technology advances. Many electronic devices and televisions now have optical audio outputs. This allows the audio to be played through multiple channels, which increases the quality of the sound. On the other hand, analog RCA outputs typically only allow for audio to be played through two channels. If you want to connect a newer device to an older device, you may need to convert your optical audio out to an analog RCA.

Things You'll Need

  • Optical audio to analog RCA adapter
  • RCA cable
  • Optical audio cable

Step 1

Connect the optical cable into the optical output jack of the device you want to convert. This is often a television or stereo receiver.

Step 2

Plug the optical cable into the optical input of the adapter.

Step 3

Connect the RCA cable into the opposite end of the adapter. Your original optical output is now ready to be connected to another device using an analog RCA cable. RCA cables are usually red and white.

Step 4

Plug the analog RCA cables into the device you want to connect your original optical audio-enabled device.